Carolyn’s Stamping Studio – my dream craft room

For the last 4 years I’ve been having Stampin’ Up! Classes from my dinning room table in our open plan kitchen family room, while it’s been great it can be a juggle running classes in a busy family space. I’ve also had a little dream…… to have my very own craft room which is big enough to hold my classes in. My very own spot that is welcoming and fun for my classes. It’s take my a lot of plotting, organisation and planning but finally I have it. My Stamping Studio! 

My Studio room has had a few names/uses in just the 14 years we’ve owned our 90 year old workman’s cottage. Originally it was our dinning room and then our lounge room (while we renovated and extended), then for the past 6 years it’s been play room for our 3 boys. The play room has been wonderful however being a walk through room the ‘mess’ factor has been a constant issue for the grown ups in the house.

Making the decision to move my craft table out of the spare bedroom (and put the toy room into the spare bedroom) was a great idea. Especially now that my boys are almost all at school. It’s also been an unexpected pleasure to have reclaimed some adult space to our house that has been totally taken over by children for the last decade. Hubby and I own the house right??!! I’d totally forgotten that. Plus I can now close the toy room door and hided away all that toy mess. 🙂

I hope you enjoy this tour of my new Stamping Studio. Please ask me any questions you like in the comments section. I love to chat.

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This massive beautiful white table is from Ikea and called the Norden. I actually snaffled it second hand from a Gumtree listing last week and I couldn’t believe my luck to get it half the new price and in perfect condition. This is in the 8 person configuration but I can extend it another 46cm to seat another 2 class attendees if required.

Because the table, desk and even the paint in the room is a neutral white and cream colours I NEEDED some Carolyn colour. I took my inspiration from the colours I already love in my home, Cherry Cobbler red, Sage Green, Midnight Muse blue – then I added a new love Daffodil Delight yellow. I’m a bit of a primary colour girl hehehe. So the stools and chairs had to be colourful ones and again Ikea to the rescue.

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After moving the toys out I had the fun of moving all the craft stuff in. My desk is not too changed from it’s configuration previously and I’ll do a post in the future on the storage and organisation of my tools, papers etc. I did have to shed a lot of ‘stuff’ – having had my craft room in the spare bedroom meant I could hoard a lot of junk which I’ve promised myself not to do again.

My Stampin’ Up! Punches are displayed and in handy reach on kitchen rails from Ikea which are fixed to one of our old doors from the house prior to it being renovated. My Dad made this door and although it didn’t fit into the newly renovated family room, I love that I’ve been able to repurpose it in my new favourite room of the house. This is also the same of my desk – one of Dad’s handy work.

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I found the perfect space for this fantastic banner from the last Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration and was able to display some of my favourite moments from my trip to the US last year and our tour of Stampin’ Up! Home Office and Kenab Manufacturing Facility (where Stampin’ Up! make their stamps – Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Heaven)

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I needed some extra storage space for my business needs, so this 8 cube Ikea Expedits storage unit was perfect.  I wanted a pop of colour so the yellow stationary storage boxes really did the trick. I have my photo box on the top so I can take photos of my handmade cards day and night- one of the best purchases I’ve ever made – see my previous post about this light box here. The ‘Love what you live’ is a birthday gift from my 2 dear friends Lynne & Nat long time members of my Stampin’ Up! team the Midnight Inklings. It really resinates with me on so many levels. *love* it.

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The fireplace still works but I’m not sure that I’ll have it going during classes as it would be a bit of work – and I’m usually distracted with my ladies. But it’s a lovely original feature of the room. The mantle also is a great spot to display some of my favourite things. The butterflies are all of the current Stampin’ Up! colour families.

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After cleaning out years of junk – I mean treasures (lol)I even found this old drawing I did in high school and thought it should get a viewing. The wooden cotton reels are an op-shop find that I’ve been searching for a home for. And look at that – in exactly the colours of my new studio.

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This cupboard is nothing special.. in fact it was a save our neighbour was going to through out. But I loved the dirty green and once I took off the broken sliding doors at the top I found it so useful for display and storage.

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The coat rack is perfect for the ladies handbags and coats. The spinning craft tins from Howards’ Storage World have all the adhesives and scissors for classes at easy reach. Carolyn's Stamping Studio - carolynbennie.com This photo just explains how I feel about my space. Calm and happy. Of course I think it’s just the calm before the storm with my classes resuming next week and I’m expecting to see my beautiful and crazy stamping friends ready to have fun and messy up my Studio. If you live in Adelaide or the Adelaide Hills in South Australia contact me today on 0401 857748 or carolynbennieink@gmail.com and reserve a seat for you and a friend for my stamping classes. Here is the current list of upcoming classes.

Happy stamping,

x Carolyn

 

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